SHANGHAI, FIVE WAYS
What’s new in China’s spectacular hit-list city
A whole cluster of futuristic new hotels has shaken up the Pudong skyline in Shanghai, with each angling to shed its own spotlight on the city. First up is the Bulgari
Hotel Shanghai ( doubles from AED 1,830; 0086-21-3606 7788, bulgarihotels.com), which debuted in June, minutes
from the historic Bund waterfront. In an architectural conundrum as complex as any Chinese puzzle, it combines a 48-floor shimmering tower with the renovated Chamber of Commerce, which was first completed in 1916. It’s
old-meets-new straight from a textbook.
Striking the same back-to-the-future vibe are two other debutants. Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li ( doubles from AED 1,635; 0086-21-5466 6688, capellahotels.com) is a tribute to the city’s Thirties-era shikumen architecture, featuring 22 rows of the Franco-Chinese courtyard houses, while Amanyangyun ( doubles from AED 2,690; 0086-21-8011 9999,
aman.com) is the latest from uber-luxe hotelier Aman. With jaw-dropping sustainable ambition, the outpost is a collection of 26 Ming and Qing dynasty houses relocated from a Jiangxi village 900km away after it was
threatened with reservoir construction.
The city also welcomes the first blinged-out Bellagio hotel outside of North America ( doubles from AED 1,130; 008621-3680 6666, bellagioshanghai.com). Don’t expect glamorous high-roller tables; do expect kaiseki dining, a sky-high spa and a rooftop view that even an Instagram filter can’t improve. The most recent addition is The Shanghai EDITION ( doubles from AED 790; 0086-21-5368 9999, editionhotels.com/shanghai), launched last month in what was previously the Twentiesera Shanghai Power Company on Nanjing Road. The Art Deco building contains an ultra-modern space with nine restaurants (three Jason Atherton-led) and – no surprise from Ian Schrager – a nightclub called Electric Circus, making it a
contender to be the city’s most happening new spot.
Clockwise from top left: Bulgari Hotel Shanghai; Amanyangyun;Bellagio Shanghai